Boatworks

Trailer Upgrade 2.0

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
Carpet tacked to your trailer’s wood boat braces takes forever to dry if you sail on the salty, and its looks deteriorate after a season or two. Snaptraxx’s new modular trailer bunk system easily snaps together and encases 2-by-6 lumber without any hardware. SnapTraxx makes two different polymer versions—one allows your boat to slip easily off the trailer once it’s immersed in water, the other
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Sails+Rigging

Knotically Challenged

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
Knot tying isn’t easy, especially if you have small hands. With Nite Ize’s new Figure 9 rope tightener you can easily secure a dinghy to a car-top rack. Simply put the boat on your car, set up the closed-loop end of the Figure 9 (instructions are engraved on the aluminum device), pull tight, and drop the cord’s moving end into the Figure 9’s teeth. Two sizes accommodate rope diameters between 2
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Apparel + Accessories

Automatic Airbags

by Sail Staff, Posted January 10, 2007
For years, inflatable PFDs have provided sailors with a comfortable way to stay safe without wearing bulky gear. But there are more than a few stories of unwanted deployments. And how would you pull the jacket’s back-up manual “inflate” tab if you were knocked unconscious while getting tossed in the drink? Mustang Survival’s new Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device automatically
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Southern California Does Miami

by Sail Staff, Posted January 1, 2007
By Lynn Fitzpatrick

Southern California is a water lover’s dream. Blessed with a Mediterranean climate, natural and manmade harbors lined with sailboats and powerboats, kids and adults alike have to make tough decisions—do I surf, play water polo, row, or sail? An affinity for sailing is easy to recognize; At Newport Harbor High School the sports teams are "The


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Cruising Grounds

The Lakes Effect

by Kimball Livingston, Posted December 20, 2006
Once you’re out of sight of land for a while, you understand why they speak of “offshore sailing” in the Great Lakes.

Once you’ve been through a few sail changes, you might think of the prevailing wind as “variable.”And once you’ve gone the length of Lake Michigan, you will be, in a small way, a veteran of sailing in the heart of America. I say “in a small way” because there is a lot of


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